Often times some eBooks are rejected for some common mistakes that can be easily avoided. If you too plan to publish an eBook, make sure you avoid the ones mentioned in here.
Rejection for any author can be heartbreaking and if the reasons for the rejection are related to the content, maybe you can introspect and rewrite some. But if the rejection is not based on content but due to some very avoidable mistake, then that can be very frustrating and make you pull your hair with the thought that ‘if only I knew that’ or ‘if only someone told me so’. Well, we are telling you, so you do not get your eBook rejected due to common mistakes.
The most basic mistake could be using capitals in the wrong places of misusing capitalizations, especially in the headings and the title of your books. For example ALL CAPS may not be appropriate for the title, something like The Art of War is appropriate use of capitals, but The art of war or The Art Of War or THE ART OF WAR is not, which means articles, prepositions and conjunctions should not be in capital while the first alphabet of each letter in the title must be capital.
2. Image Quality:
EBooks are all digital media and with today’s eBook readers, tablets and devices resolutions play a great role in the overall user experience. EBooks are hence required to be crisp and clear and while text is scalable without distorting, images need to be high quality and minimum of 72 dpi. For most ePUBs, the cover page the image needs to be the size of US Letter page size of 8.5 x 11 inches, which translates to 612 x 792 pixels @ 72 dpi. If any of the images including the cover page are found to have distortions or pixilation or blurriness, your eBook will be rejected.
3. Wrong order of Heading and conflicting NCX:
Your headings need to be in the order of 1,2,3. If you do not understand what it is, you can simply check the presets on the top right side of a word document and see the tabs with AaBbCcDd that have the description below them stating Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3. The way the sizes go from large to small is the way your book should contain headings if any, so as to know the chronology of text. For instance if you have a main topic, a sub topic and a sub section, you would be better off following the H1, H2, H3 styling, like in the example below. Any difference in this pattern may result in the NCX giving errors and your book will be rejected.
NCX is like the table of content or index of your book, albeit for the eReaders. It is the means by which the reader will navigate from chapter to chapter and use it as the index for the eBook. A text index is not required and is irrelevant for the eBook, since the ePUBs you use will generate the NCX on their own based on the Headings you have given in your books. Heading 1 will be the Chapter or Page title and will show up on the Table of Content in the eBook. Hence the emphasis on H1, H2, H3 styling. Any difference in that and the NCX won’t pick the correct topic to place in the table of content and hence impact the reader’s navigation and due to this, it results in rejections.
4. Links for personal promotions:
Don’t try to self promote while you are trying to sell your eBooks as some of the ePUBs may not like it. Including your personal email, urls, social network links etc on the cover of the book will get it rejected if the ePUBs have such a policy in place.
5. Issues with Metadata:
Metadata is the text that describes the book and its contents for the digital media. It will also show up in searches when someone searches that on the internet. The cover page and the Metadata should have the same matter or else it will get rejected. Even things like mismatch in the author name wherein the cover page shows J.K. Rowling but the metadata has Joanne Rowling, even though rest of the data is the same, it will be rejected. Again any incomplete metadata too will result in the same thing. Missing any credits, subtitle, and contributions etc that are on the cover page but not in the metadata is not accepted.
6. Page Numbers:
Do not give page numbers for the topics in the table of content, since as mentioned in # 3, NCX does it for you. The reason is pretty simple, you may put Chapter 3 at page 75 as per your book, however different readers have different screen sizes and different font sizes, moreover the zoom levels that reader uses also dictates the amount of text that appears on a page. Due to all these factors, the NCX will show up relevant pages as per the eReaders features and the page numbers will show up accordingly. For one reader Chapter 3 may be on page 80 and for other it may be page 90 or 95 if they really zoom into it. Hence DO NOT give page numbers in your eBooks.
Though, technical sounding, these things do matter as the overall user experience is affected by these technicalities and hence the ePUBs are mindful of these facts. These are some common mistakes that can have your eBooks rejected. Now you know, so you can avoid them and stay away from rejections for your eBooks.